#6 Poetry Today.
February 14 and 28, 2013
Michael Wood, Ph.D.
Department of English and comparative Literature
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This seminar will explore the work of six poets, three American, one English, one Canadian and on e Irish, with a view to understand something of what it means to write poetry in the present moment. Do certain themes impose themselves? Does the writing turn toward politics and history or away from them? Must lyric poets always write about themselves? What is the role of form in contemporary poetry? How does new work seek to continue or to distance itself from the great poetry of the past?
These and other questions will be more than enough to keep us busy, and we shall try to answer them through careful close reading of individual poems as well as through broader discussion.
The six poets are: John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Robert Haas, Geoffrey Hill, Paul Muldoon, and Susan Stewart. A selection from the work of each poet will be provided.
Michael Wood, Ph.D. is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and a Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton. He received the Howard T. Behrman Award for Achievement in the Humanities in 2002 and the President's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. A member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books, writing chiefly on modern literature and on film. His most recent book is Yeats and Violence.